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Anthropology in Practice

Anthropology in Practice

Exploring the human condition.

  • How Information Builds a Community

    How Information Builds a Community

    By Krystal D'Costa | June 25, 2015 |

    It might be hard to believe in today's mobile-enabled world, but landlines were once the primary option when it came to telephones. And prior to residences having private lines, community lines where neighbors shared a single telephone and party lines where four, eight, or even twelve neighbors shared a telephone were the norm. […]

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  • Context Matters When It Comes to Travel Time

    Context Matters When It Comes to Travel Time

    By Krystal D'Costa | June 11, 2015 |

    Have you ever gone somewhere and found on the return trip you just couldn't wait to get home? And barring three hours of traffic on the Belt Parkway or a four hour approach to the Tunnels, maybe you actually made it home and thought, "Hey, I got here quicker than I expected! […]

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  • A Story of Wood

    A Story of Wood

    By Krystal D'Costa | June 4, 2015 |

    The DIY movement has firmly established itself, particularly when it comes to home improvement. On cable television, HGTV and the DIY Network feature non-stop programming on renovations that cover a range of projects and budgets. A common element in many of the renovations is wood. […]

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  • Rice and Beans: Shaping the Customer's Choice

    Rice and Beans: Shaping the Customer's Choice

    By Krystal D'Costa | May 15, 2015 |

    About Rice and Beans: Following recent discussions on food here on Anthropology in Practice, this week I’ll feature a four part series that that explores the ways immigrant groups in Corona, NY are involved in creating generic versions of their cultures to support themselves. […]

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  • Rice and Beans: The Private Role of Food

    Rice and Beans: The Private Role of Food

    By Krystal D'Costa | May 14, 2015 |

    About Rice and Beans: Following recent discussions on food here on Anthropology in Practice, this week I’ll feature a four part series that that explores the ways immigrant groups in Corona, NY are involved in creating generic versions of their cultures to support themselves. […]

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  • Rice and Beans: What Is the Difference Between Private and Public Culture?

    Rice and Beans: What Is the Difference Between Private and Public Culture?

    By Krystal D'Costa | May 12, 2015 |

    CC | Click on image for license and information. About Rice and Beans: Following recent discussions on food here on Anthropology in Practice, this week I’ll feature a four part series that that explores the ways immigrant groups in Corona, NY are involved in creating generic versions of their cultures to support themselves. […]

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  • Rice and Beans: How Does Culture Become Generic?

    Rice and Beans: How Does Culture Become Generic?

    By Krystal D'Costa | May 11, 2015 |

    CC | Click on image for license and information. About Rice and Beans: Following recent discussions on food here on Anthropology in Practice, this week I’ll feature a four part series that explores the ways immigrant groups in Corona, NY are involved in creating generic versions of their cultures to support themselves. […]

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  • Identity and Meaning in Derby Hats

    By Krystal D'Costa | May 8, 2015 |

    Photo by KDCosta, 2015. Last Saturday over 170,000 people descended on Churchill Downs for the 141st Kentucky Derby. The Derby is the first of three races that comprise the American Triple Crown which awards a multi-million dollar purse. The Derby is a day steeped in tradition that includes mint juleps, the singing of “My Old Kentucky Home,” and the purported fastest two minutes in sports, a reference to the much anticipated running of the three-year-old Thoroughbreds who are the featured entertainment. […]

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  • Can Hunter-Gatherer Societies Teach Us About Cooperation?

    By Krystal D'Costa | April 30, 2015 |

    Hazda archery. | CC, click on image for license and information. We’re big on teaching cooperative practices, even while we encourage competition. Humans are the only species to cooperate to the degree that we do, and this cooperation may have allowed for many other derived social traits related to group living to emerge, including generosity, sharing, teaching and learning, and shared intentionality. […]

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  • Culture Bites: The Changing Nature of the Food Truck Industry

    By Krystal D'Costa | April 23, 2015 |

    Broad St. lunch carts, New York, N.Y. | Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, Detroit Publishing Company Collection, LC-DIG-det-4a13502 What do you normally have for lunch? Leftovers? A sandwich? Do you bring it from home or do you buy it from a local eatery? […]

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